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[[caption-width-right:300:The cover for the original [[ComicBooks Graphic Novel]]]]

->''Cuz I'm a blues cat''
->''And I'm broke from paying my dues''
->''Cuz when you got nine lives''
->''You got nine ways to lose''
->- '''theme song of the AnimatedAdaptation'''

''Garfield: His 9 Lives'' is a [[ComicBooks Graphic Novel]] (Graphic ShortStory {{Anthology}} if you want to get picky) based on the NewspaperComic ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', written and illustrated by Jim Davis and Paws, Inc. The central concept of the book is that, since cats have nine lives, Garfield must have a bunch of past lives that made him the lazy, sarcastic cat that we know and love (or not) today, and each of those lives gets its own story.

Goes in some ''very'' different directions from most ''Garfield'' media. While some of the stories wouldn't be out of place appearing the regular newspaper strip, others go in more surreal or dramatic directions; there's even a genuine {{Horror}} story. Some of the stories also go a bit more adult than what we usually get from ''Garfield''; nothing that would stop it from getting a PG rating, but there ''are'' some mild swear words present, a couple references to alcohol, a few deaths, and some obvious hints that at least one of Garfield's past lives actually had sex.

'''The stories present in the book are:'''
* "In The Beginning ...": A prologue about how God and his design team created cats.
* "Cave Cat": Garfield's first life as the world's first [[spoiler:(and last)]] sabre toothed cave cat, living in the [[OneMillionBC age of cavemen and dinosaurs]].
* "The Vikings": The story of how Garfield the Orange and his band of HornyVikings are [[HumanPopsicle unfrozen from an iceberg]] and attack St. Paul, Minnesota.
* "Babes And Bullets": Garfield stars as PrivateDetective Sam Spayed in a FilmNoir parody [[FunnyAnimal where everyone is a talking cat]].
* "The Exterminators": A ''[[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Stooges]]'' homage featuring Garfield and two other cats as professional mouse catchers. HilarityEnsues.
* "Lab Animal": Garfield (a.k.a. Specimen 19-GB) tries to escape being dissected by scientists.
* "The Garden": A girl named Cloey and a certain orange kitten live in what may or may not be the Garden of Eden and confront what may or may not be Pandora's Box. Diabetes flavoured.
* "Primal Self": A cat named Tigger lives as an ordinary housecat until a memory from the past triggers a frightful transformation.
* "Garfield": The origin story for Garfield's present life as portrayed in the comic strip, starting from his birth and including his first encounters with Jon and Odie.
* "Space Cat": Garfield struggles to survive when he's lost in space in the galaxy's crappiest spaceship.

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Was also [[AnimatedAdaptation adapted into an Animated]] [[MadeForTVMovie Television Special]], which removed some of the stories and added a few new ones. "Babes and Bullets" was also made as a separate special. The new lives ("In The Beginning ...", "Cave Cat", "Lab Animal", "The Garden", "Garfield" and "Space Cat" remain) of the AnimatedAnthology are:
* "King Cat": In AncientEgypt, the Pharaoh's sacred cat discovers what happens to him if the Pharaoh dies.
* "Court Musician": The king demands a concerto from "Freddie" Handel, and if the king doesn't enjoy it ... Under the pressure of a deadline, "Freddie" delegates part of the work to his pet, a blue cat.
* "Stunt Cat": A DeliberatelyMonochrome segment where Garfield is (briefly) a stunt double for ComicStrip/KrazyKat.
* "Diana's Piano": A young girl, Sara, receives a cat, Diana, who goes with her everywhere, especially to piano lessons. Told in flashback, has a realistic art style and tone, and is depressing as hell.

May be distantly related to ''WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat''. Between this and the licensed parody ''Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield'', it seems, Jim Davis is a pretty cool guy.

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!!The book provides examples of:

* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "Bought the farm for failing to field a fetched frap tree."
* AnachronismStew: In "Cave Cat" cavemen exist at the same time as dinosaurs, real-estate salesmen, and Creator/GeorgeBurns.
* ArtShift: Occurs often, as it was written and drawn by various artists.
* BookEnds: "The Vikings" begins and ends with two almost identical scenes, just set 1000 years apart.
* CatsAreMean: "Primal Self".
* CatsHaveNineLives: Though it's more {{reincarnation}}. The book justifies by having God with feline features.
* CelestialBureaucracy: "In The Beginning ..." portrays heaven as having an entire design department for creating new species.
* ChainmailBikini: Helga the Viking.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Some of the stories go to much darker places than standard ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' fare.
* DistantFinale: "Space Cat". [[spoiler:Subverted; the short, at least in the book, ends with modern-day Garfield exiting a video game simulation booth.]]
** "The Vikings" and "Garfield" can also be considered to have self-contained ones (with the former ending in the year 2984, and the latter ending with Garfield and Odie's old age, telling stories to a new generation of kittens).
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Incredibly Huge Galactic War Fleet.
-->"We of the I.H.G.W.F. have no hearts. We do, however, appreciate a tidy ship. We will give you 7 minutes instead of 5. Then we atomize you.
* {{Expositron 9000}}: The beginning of "Space Cat":
-->'''Computer:''' Welcome to space, Mr. Cat. I suppose you were wondering why you are here.\\
'''Garfield:''' [[DeadpanSnarker A keen grasp of the obvious.]]\\
'''Computer:''' Well, it is really quite simple. You see, all we require is that you survive, Mr. Cat. We are monitoring the survival instincts of a cat in his last life.\\
'''Garfield:''' ''(shocked)'' In his la... la-last life?\\
'''Computer:''' [[AsYouKnow As you are well aware]], a cat has nine lives.\\
'''Garfield:''' And, uh, don't tell me... I'm living life number nine?\\
'''Computer:''' I tell it like it is, baby cakes.
* FilmNoir: Parodied in "[[NoirEpisode Babes And Bullets]]".
* ForbiddenFruit: In "The Garden", Cloey's uncle Tod tell her and her cat not to open a crystal box he left in the garden. They inspect the box's easy-to-open latch...
** SchmuckBait / CuriosityKilledTheCast: [[spoiler: Averted. They respect Tod's wishes and never think of the box again.]]
*** [[spoiler: FridgeHorror: Then again... this was during Garfield's third life... and it HAD to have ended somehow...]]
* FreudianExcuse: In the book, most lives explain traits of Garfield.
** Cave Cat = fear/hatred of dogs
** Vikings = [[CatsAreMean mean behavior]]
** Babes and Bullets = "The most significant thing I learned from this life was that I swore off work."
** Exterminators = not eating mice
** Lab Animal = fearing the veterinarian.
* FurryDenial: In Garfield's introduction to Space Cat:
-->'''Garfield:''' I'd like to think I'll live forever, but hey, I'm only human.
* GenreRoulette: Comedy is the main jest. But there's also noir, sci-fi, and horror.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Being a private dick isn't easy with a name like Sam Spayed."
-->Attractive Female Cat: Are you Spayed?
-->Spayed's Narration: I never know how to answer that question.
* HaveAGayOldTime: "Big Bob come!"
* HornyVikings: "The Vikings", natch.
* LegCling: Parodied. In "The Vikings", Helga strikes a classic pose as one of her subordinates clings onto her leg.
* MediumAwareness: In "The Vikings," Helga threatens to kick an employee "halfway into the next frame" -- and ''does''.
* MoodWhiplash: The extremely dark story "Primal Self" comes in between the childlishly sweet and innocent "The Garden" and the almost purely comedic "Garfield".
* OneMillionBC: "Cave Cat", complete with [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology dinosaurs.]]
* PrivateEyeMonologue: Sam Spayed does this throughout "Babes And Bullets", even {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing it when he wonders "why am I talking to myself?"
* ShaggySearchTechnique: "King Cat".
* {{Slapstick}}: "The Exterminators". It's a ''[[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Stooges]]'' homage, what did you expect?
* SpaceOpera: Parodied in "Space Cat".
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat''. Which is ''Definitely'' [[WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat not for kids]].
* StealthPun: Bjorn in "The Vikings" wears football gear and his group invade St. Paul. Minnesota Vikings.
* {{Stripperific}}: Helga's preferred outfit for pillage and plunder is a pair of panties, a [[ChainmailBikini gold bikini]], and nothing else.
* SugarBowl: Uncle Jod's garden.
* TransformationSequence: The Vikings after Garfield shouts "Booga!" Also present in "Lab Animal".
* TransformationTrauma: Lab Animal. Garfeild (19-GB) goes from a tabby cat to a Jack Russel Terrier, complete with werewolf-style spine-cracking back arch and erupting claws.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: "The Vikings" and "Garfield" both have this.
* WretchedHive: St. Paul, Minnesota. At least from the Vikings' perspective.

!!Aside from the tropes carried over from the book, the special provides examples of:
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The "King Cat" Pharaoh is killed by a dynamite stick (which Garfield tosses aside as he doesn't recognize - [[LampshadeHanging "Whatever it is, it probably hasn't been invented yet"]]).
* ArtShift: Often, as just like the book, the special was directed by many people.
* BadBoss: Garfield supervising the pyramid-building slaves in "King Cat".
* BigDamnHeroes: Subverted in "King Cat." [[spoiler: Odie saves Garfield from the tomb at the end, but only to serve as his slave.]]
* BigSleep: [[spoiler:After hearing her last piano concerto from married mother Sara, Diana jumps down onto the piano keyboard, yawns, and drifts off into a deep sleep from which she never wakes up. So heartbreaking.]]
* BookEnds: It opens and ends with God (in the opening segment, creating cats; [[spoiler:in the ending, talking to Odie and an out-of-lives Garfield]]).
** Crossing with IronicEcho: "King Cat" opens and closes with the Pharaoh sending his pet to supervise the construction of the pyramids. [[spoiler: First, Garfield carried by dogs and whipping Odie. Later, Odie - the pharaoh's brother pet - carried by cats and whipping Garfield.]]
* CainAndAbel \ EvilChancellor: The Pharaoh's brother wants to take over his place as ruler of Egypt. [[spoiler:Eventually he does.]]
* CatsHaveNineLives: God lampshades this ("Well, let's just say it'll make for a great plot of a story, okay?")... [[spoiler:though the special ends with a reveal of blinking cat-like eyes.]]
* CelestialBureaucracy: Takes it one step further, by [[spoiler:having God's computers 'on the blink' and not being able to keep track of the number of lives.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: ...sorta. In the book, "Space Cat" is [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation a simulation]]. In the TV special, [[spoiler:Garfield really dies and has to meet God as he ran out of lives.]]
* EmbarrassingSlide: The "[[OffWithHisHead decapitation]] slideshow" in "The Court Musician" is briefly interrupted by a slide of the jester in a pool party.
* {{Face Framed In S|hadow}}tatic: God. And apparently he was modeled after Garfield's voice actor Lorenzo Music.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The opening theme song at the beginning of the film says, "When you've got nine lives, you've got nine of them to lose." Guess what happens at the end of "Space Cat"...
* FreudianExcuse: Court Musician wasn't exempt. "I learned to think on my feet in my fourth life. Thinking was okay, I guess. [[AntiIntellectualism But now I avoid it whenever possible.]]"
* FunWithAcronyms: "Space Cat" has '''O'''perations '''D'''ata '''I'''ndex '''E'''lement.
* GenderBender: Apparently Garfield was female in one of his past lives ("Diana's Piano")
* JustifiedExtraLives: In the TV special [[spoiler:God lets Garfield return because in his last life he was put in an "unfair position". And he gets all 9 because of the defect listed in CelestialBureaucracy. Garfield even gets the same deal for Odie by claiming ''he's'' a cat. (Or maybe God knows exactly what life Garfield's on and that Odie's a dog; He's just playing favorites. "We have to stick together you know...")]]
* KarmaHoudini: In "King Cat", [[spoiler:evil Pharaoh Black Bart kills his good brother and gets away with ruling Egypt. He now has the slave dog (Odie) in charge in place of King Cat at the end!]]
** Could also count as LaserGuidedKarma as Garfield wasn't the kindest of royalty around.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A... [[EpilepticTrees thought-provoking]] use in the epilogue. [[spoiler:Garfield and Odie happily return to life to music from "The Garden" - then God says "We have to stick together, you know" to a musical sting from "Lab Animal", while sporting glowing cat eyes also seen in that segment.]]
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: Twice in the Space Cat portion -- once when the vending machine malfunctions, and again when Garfield's secret weapon is "declawed".
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: "Babes and Bullets" was made to a separate TV special. But there Garfield's a detective cat in a human world.
* MediumBlending: "The Beginning" is live action, and the return of God in the ending too.
* MoodWhiplash: Two comedic segments, "The Garden", two comedic segments, the [[TearJerker sad]] "Diana's Piano", the scary "Lab Animal", and more comedic segments (though the ending of the last is kinda dark).
* OffWithHisHead[=/=]DecapitationPresentation: Discussed one too many times by the VillainousHarlequin [[TheJester Jester]], not only before George Handel's concert, but also during said concert in which said jester uses the guillotine teeth to slice an apple, rips off the head of the picture of Handel, pulls off the head of the Handel doll, and even showing a slideshow of [[LosingYourHead cutting off each other's heads]], which is both scary and funny!
* RummageFail: As Garfield ducks under the console to work on getting his guns online during his final minute, he tosses away a dog bone, a banana peel, a boot, and fuzzy dice.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: The {{painful|Transformation}} and scary TransformationSequence of "Lab Animal"
* ShoutOut: The story and animation of "Lab Animal" is a Shout Out to ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs''.
** While likely coincidental due to the special airing around the same time as the film's release, the "Lab Animal" version of Garfield bears a striking resemblance to [[{{Disney/OliverAndCompany}} Oliver]].
* TrrrillingRrrs: The VillainousHarlequin does this on addressing Handel and on the introduction of the concerto to the audience.
* {{Tuckerization}}: The alien captain is called "Commander [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0578882/ Mendelsen]]".
* UnexplainedAccent: One of the Egyptian slaves speaks with a [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Cockney Accent]] despite the fact that this was Ancient Egypt in the first place.
* VengefulVendingMachine: Garfield attempts to use a vending machine aboard his spaceship to order lunch, in the form of a cup of coffee and some pie, during his [[CatsHaveNineLives ninth and final life]]. The machine drops the pie, pours coffee on it, and then crushes it with the coffee mug.
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